Always wanted a 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 but unsure about doing it by yourself? We've taken away the hassle and uncertainty of organising the trip and the risk of doing it alone.
Experience this bucket list location in your own (or a hired) 4WD vehicle from Cooktown, to Weipa, to the tip of Cape York, to Iron Range National Park, all the way back to Atherton and a lot in between. Travel at a leisurely pace, within the security of a group tour environment. You don't need to have any off-road driving experience because your guide is also a professional 4WD instructor, so he'll assist you through the difficult sections. You'll have stories to tell about this trip for years to come!
Get your iconic photo at the Tip of Cape York, experience a day trip to Thursday Island, drive on the Old Tele Track, ford challenging water crossings, swim in crystal clear streams, go fishing in remote locations, camp in wilderness settings, experience wildlife that exists nowhere else and make new friends. Find out what's included in the FAQ section below.
We'll show you the best experiences of the Cape at a relaxed pace and get you and your vehicle home again in one piece. Places are limited to 8 client vehicles
Duration: 18 Nights
Start/End: Cooktown to Atherton
Cost: $4450 per couple Extra passengers $600
See below for what's included in the cost. You can phone or email Tony directly about the tour on the contact details below. Check out the Video Testimonials at the bottom of this page.
• All the arrangements and bookings for the tour. Just get yourself, your gear and vehicle to Cooktown for our first night's included dinner and cabin accommodation.
• Full-time, professional tour guide/4WD instructor with a Cert IV qualification in 4WD training and current first aid certificate.
• Pre-tour help and advice on vehicle and gear setup.
• "On-tour" training over the 2-way radio. You will be given help and advice throughout the entire trip. You will be warned of oncoming traffic and hazards. Your guide will co-ordinate with oncoming vehicles on the tight tracks, talking to them on another UHF channel so there's no confusion about what to do. On difficult sections, your guide will be out of their vehicle to help you and instruct you personally.
• Reliable 200 Series Landcruiser tour vehicle with all safety, recovery, communications and emergency equipment - Satphone and Garmin inReach (tracker, emergency beacon & satellite texting), winch, snatch straps, Max Trax etc. - You don't need to carry recovery gear.
• All accommodation including the first and last nights (holiday park cabin at Cooktown & motel room in Atherton) and all camping fees (caravan parks and National Parks etc).
• 6 dinners included (Cooktown Sovereign Hotel, Merluna Station, Weipa Albatross Resort, Bramwell Station, Loyalty Beach Bistro on the Beach, Cooks Hut Fish Fry-up & Atherton Pagoda Chinese (voted in Top 5 Regional Chinese Restaurants in Australia)
• 2 lunches (Thursday Island burgers and beer & Portland Roads Prawns on the beach).
• Full day Island Tour - Thursday Island ferry and bus tour
• 2 half day tours in Weipa - Weipa Mine & Town Tour + Western Cape Eco-tour Sunset Cruise
• Aboriginal Land Permits; National Park entry fees; Private property access arrangements.
• Tyre changing and mechanical assistance; spare 2-way radios.
• Night spotlighting sessions for animals; bird/animal ID books and apps; photography sessions and tips; some fishing gear and tuition.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
• 4WD Vehicle, fuel, food (other than stated above), camping gear, insurance, any other optional extras
WHAT ARE THE 4X4 VEHICLE AND GEAR REQUIREMENTS?
• This tour is suitable for off-road camper trailers - please discuss your trailer with us if applicable.
• A high clearance 4X4 vehicle with low range (with the exception of VW Amarok)
• Upgraded, heavy duty suspension - even on a new vehicle. Standard suspension will not cope.
• All terrain tread pattern LT tyres (Light Truck construction) with over 60% tread remaining (ie. about 7mm min). Second spare without a rim is ok (not mandatory for the Cape tour). Discuss suitable tyre types with us. Not all LT's are created equal.
• Fuel range of 600 km is required for this tour. It's a good idea to carry an extra 20L of fuel in case of emergencies. There is generally plenty of fuel available along the way.
• Tyre deflator and digital tyre pressure gauge.
• Good quality compressor - preferably hard wired in the back of your vehicle, or at least fitted with an Anderson plug with somewhere to plug it in. You also need a gauge with a trigger so that you can read the pressure quickly.
• Good quality UHF radio base set (Uniden, GME, Oricom recommended) fitted into your vehicle by a UHF specialist installer. And a good aerial.
• Some spares are required to be carried eg. air, oil and fuel filters, fan belt. A full list is provided on booking.
• A mechanical checklist is to be completed and returned by a qualified mechanic at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the tour.
• An online medical form is to be completed and submitted on our "Trekka" system at least 2 weeks prior to departure.
• A camp that is easy to set up and take down. This should take no longer than 20 mins each time.
• Insurance - make sure your insurance company covers you for off-road driving. NRMA/RACQ etc will not recover your vehicle from remote tracks. Only one company (Club 4X4) will pay for your vehicle recovery in remote situations. There is an option with Club 4X4 to get up to $15,000 or $30,000 for remote recoveries.
NB: Our Landcruiser is insured with Club 4X4 but we are not sponsored by them.
WHEN CAN I SEE THE FULL ITINERARY?
Itineraries can be provided on request (please use the email form below). When you have confirmed that you would like join a tour, you will be sent a link to our online Tour Database "Trekka" which will provide you with all the information, downloadable and online forms, a payment portal and the full itinerary.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to change depending on track conditions, weather, vehicle issues, border restrictions etc.
Tony is a full-time tour guide and Cert IV qualified trainer and assessor in four wheel driving. He has led remote tours all over Australia and in New Zealand including the South Island High Country, the Kimberleys, Flinders Ranges, Central Aust, Canning Stock Route, Victorian High Country, Arnhem Land and Cape York. Tony is a keen fisherman and photographer and loves chasing wildlife with the camera. He has a Degree in Tourism and a Masters Degree in Wildlife Management.
"I've just returned from an exhilarating 21-day tour of the Cape York Peninsula with Australian 4x4 Treks. It was a tagalong tour, with a total of seven 4WD vehicles, made up of adventure-minded travellers, some with slide-on campers, others with tents, and ably led by energetic guide Tony Davys. Tony has an impressive record as a 4WD instructor, tour guide and tourism operator in both Australia and New Zealand, and currently offers tagalong treks into the central deserts and northern Australia.
The tour itinerary was comprehensive, ranging through Cape Tribulation, the Bloomfield Track, Cooktown, Lakefield NP, Weipa, Bamaga, the Tip, Thursday Island, Iron Range NP, Karumba and the Undara Lava Tubes. When appropriate, nights were spent in included accommodation, but otherwise mostly in caravan parks, camping in national parks and the occasional bush camp. Though not hectic, there is much territory to be covered, so everyone needed to work to a fairly tight schedule, generally leaving camp by 8.30 and settling up the new camp by 4.30. That said, there was ample time for scenic stops, wildlife viewing, relaxed lunches, pub dinners and entertaining conversations around the campfire.
No one should be under the impression that the roads on the Cape are easy going, with bone-shaking corrugations even on main access routes such as the Peninsula Developmental Road and Bamaga Road. Even the less-challenging parts of the Old Telegraph Track that we tackled involved some gnarly sections and a few water crossings. Tony provided excellent guidance, particularly through such choke points on the Track, generally via comprehensive radio communications, but sometimes by wading through watercourses to give individual instructions for safe passage. Under such guidance, confidence in the ability of all drivers and their vehicles was seen to grow exponentially.
Options included a mine tour and sunset cruise at Weipa, and a fishing charter at Karumba, which yielded a feast of threadfin salmon for the entire group. Other highlights were reaching Pajinka, the northernmost point of the Australian continent, the trip to Thursday Island, swimming at refreshing waterfalls, and the numerous sightings of wildlife such as fresh and saltwater crocodiles, wallabies and rare birds including the Papuan Frogmouth, Palm Cockatoo and Magnificent Riflebird.
If you are looking for a little adventure and would like to visit one of the most remote places in Australia, but perhaps lack the confidence or knowledge to embark on a tour of the Cape by yourself, I would highly recommend a tagalong tour, and in particular the comprehensive tour offered by Australian 4x4 Treks. You will leave the trek having experienced one of the best adventure holiday destinations available in Australia, with the added bonus of gaining enhanced confidence in your ability to travel to some remote places on your own."
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